Charles R. Hixon, 92, of Traditions of Hershey and formerly of East Hanover Township, Dauphin County passed away Monday, February 1, 2021.
Born July 20, 1928 in Hummelstown, he was a son of the late Gladys (Hammaker) Boyer and Albert “Lex” Hixon. Much beloved and cherished, he was “Pop” to some and Charlie to everyone.
Surviving are his wife of 69 years Ei (Hanzawa) “Nikki” Hixon; sister Helen Imhof of Hummelstown; son Don Hixon (Tara) of Palmyra; daughter Cheryleen Deitz (John) of Hummelstown; granddaughter Apryl Deily (Mike); grandson Chad Deitz (April); step grandchildren Jessica Wilkinson, Jeremy Gantz, and Ted Deily; great grandson Sam Deily; step great grandchildren Emma, Kendra, and Jared Wilkinson; two nieces and a nephew.
Retired from Hershey Estates (HERCO) after 30+ years of service, he was the operating engineer at HersheyPark Arena and a serious hockey fan. Charlie enlisted in the Army in 1947 and served during the Korean conflict as a landing craft operator. He participated in all the major battles, landing Marines and Army soldiers at Pusan, the invasion of Inchon, and the evacuation of the Marines from Hungnam North Korea after the breakout from the Chosin Reservoir cauldron.
During his lifetime, he was always where he was needed, volunteering his help for cub scouts, football boosters, hockey boosters, getting school buses free that were stuck in snow along the road, picking up stranded motorists from the interstate on his snowmobile, or helping neighboring farmers bring in hay. Charlie was a member of the Linglestown American Legion Post 272, PA Snowmobile Association, and the NRA. Once an avid hunter and fisherman, he spent his retirement caring for and feeding the whitetail deer that would visit his backyard daily. They will miss him too.
Services and interment in Resurrection Cemetery, Harrisburg will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hershey Cancer Institute, PO Box 852, Hershey, PA 17033.
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